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Western Pleasure Rail Shirts

js7385 | Posted in Teach Yourself To Sew on

My daughter shows quarter horses in the western pleasure riding class. She wants me to make the fancy shirts with the ultrasuede or leather appliques and lots of bling. I have some suitability patterns…any ideas or help would be appreciated. What is a good weight interfacing for the collars using suiting gabardine material?


  1. Brynn714 | | #1

    I have tons of info to pass on to you

    I had my own business of making horse show clothing for about 10 years, family emergency, and my business folded about 5 years ag9o.  I have a wealth of inifo I can pass on to you such as what to use, fabric-wide; leather-wise; crystals, how to prepare you machine, threads to use, patterns (that are so much better fitting than suitability, you name it, I can help.

    I just registered on this board (because I just found it last night) and would really like to help you with all your show-clothing questions!

    If you are still posting, please reply to this link and we can start changing all kinds of info that I would like to share.  I'm out of the business and don't plan on getting back in, it took me too long to make a name and I'm just too worn out to build a business again.  I'd like to know that my experience could help someone out, especially sincea couple showclothes cost about as much as a good used car!  - I never could justify how people could buy from STSC when there were so many more unique sellers out there!

    Please reply, I look forward to hearing from you, b

    1. alotofstitches | | #2

      fancy Western shirts

      I have a 9 y/o sewing student that  does the barrel-racing and wears the fancy shirts.  She wants to add the bling to a purchased shirt until her sewing skills improve to making a shirt. I'll need your help as well if you'd be willing to share.

      Re:  the first posting about shirt interfacing.  My favorite collar, cuff front band interfacng for a crisp look is the Medium weight sew-in Shirtmaker interfacing.  I had purchased a bolt of it when I was sewing for 4 sons & hubby.  I do not know where to get it now!  It made the collars, etc. feel just like RTW!


    2. js7385 | | #3

      Western Pleasure Rail Shirts

      I am so happy to see a reply to my post. My daughter wants the fancy, fancy shirts with tons of bling. I am looking forward to hearing and getting all the help I can (she really likes those from BerryFit!).  I am open to any and all suggestions. I have made rail shirts from suitability, but my biggest challenge are the appliques. I will check back to see if you posted. Thanks again.

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        LisaNelleShowClothing | | #60

        Bling is a girls best friend

        I hope you are able to find the right appliques for your daughters jacket. I design horsemanship clothing myself and I know it can be diffucult but well worth it in the end. 

    3. js7385 | | #4

      Western rail shirts

      I am still hoping that I will get some information from some of you experienced sewers that have made rail shirts with appliques....

      1. cherylstitches | | #5

        Western rail shirts

        I designed and made shirts for a lady that sold horse show clothing for 10 years. The trick is a lot of fusible web and a very good zig-zag stitch. I made the shirts and did the applique, she would do all of the stones and glitz...

        Hope this helps...

        1. js7385 | | #6

          Western Rail Shirts

          Thanks for the tip. When you cut the appliques did you use a pattern or did you draw them by hand? Where did you get the patterns? My daughter would rather have the thinner appliques than what suitability has. Also, did you layer the appliques, for example the same applique on top of each other ..one in black and the one on top white..How idd you make the size change and what did you use to layer. How did you place on garment so that they were exactly the same on the front and both sleeves. Any tips would e helpful. I just want to sew for my daughter...no business here. I am a Registered Nurse that works full time!  Thanks again!

          1. cherylstitches | | #7

            Western Rail Shirts

            Most of the designs were original or copied from a magazine, then drawn by hand on a sturdy pattern paper...the designs were traced to the fusible web, (you need to pay a lot of attention to reversing the designs).  The web was fused to the applique fabric and then cut out...Peel the paper off and fuse to the garment fabric, then zigzagged...Depending on the garment fabric, I tried not to use too many layers of applique on top of each other...I used a ruler to line up the designs on opposite sides so it would match...

            A copy machine will help in reducing or expanding designs, so they don't have to be re-drawn...

            Anything else??? Just let me know...I am glad to help...

          2. alotofstitches | | #8

            western rail shirts

            Cheryl, my student has a shirt with intricate ultra suede designs like "horse and barrel racer", etc.  Do you know where to get die-cut designs?  They are so perfect I can't believe they were hand cut!


          3. cherylstitches | | #11

            Western rail shirts


            All of our designs were handmade...You might try searching on the web for ready made appliques..


          4. js7385 | | #9

            Western Rail Shirts

            I guess my daughter is more interested in showmanship jackets. Do you have any suggestions for a jacket pattern with front zipper other than Suitability?

          5. cherylstitches | | #10

            Western Rail Shirts

            We used Suitability and regular patterns (like McCalls, Butterick, etc)...Just go through the pattern books and see what is comparable...most jacket patterns can be converted so you can use a zipper...

    4. mmoose | | #12

      western pleasure shirts for daughter

      Brynn714, you appear to be the source I've been searching for.  I love to sew my dauthers show clothing.   I would greatly appreciate any information or guidance.  

       What type of interfacing or material did you use for the collars of rail shirts when using a lightweight to med spandex material.?

      Do you have any good sources for your fabric purchases (ie...metallic leather for appliques or leather for collar/cuffs)?

      What patterns do you suggest other than suitablity? 

      Would love to hear your suggestions...look forward to your reply.  thanks, mmoose

    5. shmom | | #13

      Interested in what patterns you used.

      I also find that Suitability patterns suck, I am wondering what patterns that you used.  Also, did you have a good place to order rhinestones from?

      1. user-934589 | | #14

        Western Pleasure Rail Shirts - Patterns



        I'm also a "show mom" that is starting her own business doing show clothing. If you haven't already received all the information you need from Brynn714 you might want to check out ShowClothesUnlimited - Pegg Johnson / easy to google. She has a couple of great little books out; one is Starting Your Own Show Clothing Business and the other is A Beginners Guide to Sewing Show Clothes. She also has a book with Applique designs and sells Jean Hardy Patterns as well as Suitability. You can also check out some of the old Lola Gentry patterns (can't remember the website but easy to google)

        As for patterns an excellent idea is to go through the pattern books and identify the "princess seamed" jackets; keeping in mind whether you want to sew them in a woven or a lycra/spandex blend or a combination of both.

        There are tons of sources of good quality rhinestones out there, you need to decide how you want to attach them - glue / hot affix / rimset / or stitch them down. All have pros and cons.

        There are also some great sources of leather out there D'Anton is one that comes to mind, also keep in mind that there are some lovely ultra-suedes out there.

        Take a peek on Facebook;  there are some AMAZING designers/show clothing business people on line and they are great about checking out your pictures and giving feedback. I really appreciate and value the feedback and wisdom of those people who have been in the "biz" for a while; just like Brynn714. I'm sure she has lots of good advice and suggestions for you to consider.

        Take care and good luck with this!


        1. patternfreak | | #27

          I used Lola Gentry Originals patterns years ago, they fit very well. I checked out their website a couple of years ago; they still have some cute patterns, although they are more western than show clothing. You might find something you could use for show clothes. Back in the seventies, you sent her your measurements and they made the patterns for you. I made jeans as well as shirts and they fit like a glove!

    6. Aeriel | | #15

      Western pleasure show clothing

      Hi  Brynn714,

      I know this post is kind of old, but I would like to make my own show clothes for western pleasure classes ( i can't afford the nice looking ones otherwise!) and I need some help with good patterns, what kind of fabric, thread, machines, and what is the best method for applying Austrian crystals. I have not ever sewn show clothes but I have sewn fall festival costumes to re-doing the seats to our kitchen table chairs. Any advice & tips would be very appreciated. Thank you! -Stephanie


    7. gacres | | #17

      showmanship clothes

      Hopfuly you are still able to pass on any information that you may give me on Rail shirts or sms sets.

      My daughter has started our local 4h here and she wants to show in the  Special Olympics ( she is disabled). I am going to try to sell some rail shirts so we can lease a horse for her. She also like helping with all the "bling and disign".

      I do sew, I have been in a drapery business for 20 years, I have started on a jacket but understanding the ins and outs of the appliques and were to get ultra suede, and leathers! WOW it is taking up so much time!!! This is out of my teritorie!

      Any advise on how to hold the appilues down>? You cant really apply heat to leather for fusible webbing. Then i tried glue..but that gummed my needle up. Also what source for the coloerful lightweight 4 way stretch rail shirts

      any help, is help for me. I dont work with patterns in my everyday sewing. i did purchase a suitabiliy pattern and i thought to start it works ok.

      Thank you in advance


      1. Rockin01 | | #29

        Hi Georgia

        Your post is so old, I don't know if you'll see this or not, but hopefully someone can make use of the info.

        I have Glue-Baste-It by Roxanne (comes in handy for quilters who applique).  The top has 2 screw-in needlelike applicators for dabbing tiny amounts of glue to applique pieces.  If you ran a thin line just inside your sewing line, then you'll have it secured to the fabric, but not gumming up your needle.  It is water soluble, so after a washing or light rinse, the glue dissolves.

        I am hoping to find some time to make my daughter a show shirt - never done it before.   I found an XL womens shirt from the goodwill store - funky, stretch poly blend fabric - have it all ripped apart to re-sew into a rail shirt.  Will buy some ultrasuede to make cuffs/collar.  We'll see how this goes.......

    8. Witchwith3 | | #21

      Western Pleasure - DIY clothing

      I'm new here, and I'm hoping that I can jump start this thread again.

      I have 2 girls that ride. One is English and the other is Western (along with myself) and I'd like to start making my daughters Western Pleasure clothing. I've been sewing for years, but not too long ago, I "hung up the sewing machine" so to speak to try other things. As I started looking into purchasing clothing for my daughter - I got "sticker shocked" big time!  WOW! I'm draggin the sewing machine out again I think.

      Anyway, if anyone has any info they'd like to share in regards to this, I would gladly read and pay attention! I have NO idea where to look for fabric, patterns, designs, etc. I've been out of the loop for a while (fabric in general).

      I would also be interested in finding out where I can purchase english blankets and western pads/blankets at wholesale cost.

      Thanks in advance ladies :)


      1. woodywoodpecker598 | | #23

        rail shirts

        The patterns I have are Suitability(4160,6100,5029) and Jean Hardy(1030) . Did do a trial run on view 2 to see how they fit together. It was pretty easy but when I do it again I will put a slippery linning in it. Haven't done the closure yet but I was thinking about fake buttons and doing big snaps so I wouldn't have to do buttonholes as they really are not my best thing. Should practise, practise, practise them. The local fabric shops here carry the shinney lycra and we also have a Michaels for the bling. I pick up fabric at garage sales, goodwill stores as well as long as it has some good stretch. Haven't tried the Pleather for jackets yet(can't afford real leather). I'm sure this will be a learn as you go thing for me.

    9. MaryDee53 | | #24

      Rail Shirts


      I read your response to someone who wanted to make a rail shirt back in 2011.  Are you still available for some advice?  I am looking for a woman's rail shirt pattern. 

    10. sandrakue | | #25

      Western pleasure rail shirt


      I just registered on this board because I saw your message.

      I life in the dessert of nice show shirts "GERMANY". Most of the people here order the shirts in the US or buy not very nice ones for a lot of money in Germany. A simple Hobby Horse shirt comes 250 or more. I sew a lot of my clothes in the past by myself and that is why I thougt that I could sew my own show shirt. I have suitability pattern but I am not  very happy with this. I have no expirence with elastic fabrics. It would be great to get some tips and tricks.

      Thank you,


      PS Apologize for my bad english skills

    11. elffriend | | #28

      I have tons of info to pass on

      I am hoping you are still following this.  I am also hoping I can be included in the loop of information.  I sew and I made my child a rail-type jacket but want to glitz it up a bit.  Any ideas for patterns for adding crystals?  I can sew. . .but am design challenged.  I agree with you on the prices.  There is no way I can afford hundreds of dollars for a shirt she will grow out of in 6 months. 

      Thanks!  j

    12. Chihiro | | #30

      Just stumbled across this post !

      Hi, was just researching how to make a western pleasure or showmanship outfit , then came across this forum and post : ) I am in the UK and new to Western, but I am a long time acomplished seamstress so making clothing is no problem. Sourcing an authentic shirt and vest pattern is a problem however !! I would like to make one with the pronounced collar/cuff combo, any help would be sincerely appreciated 

      Thanks in advance Linni : )

      1. user-934589 | | #31

        Show Clothing information source

        Hi All,

        Here is another source of information for those home sewists looking to source fabrics / applique patterns etc. - this site has TONS of information


        Hope it helps,


      2. tlevings | | #33

        I'm also new to the western shirt search

        I'm really glad I found this forum.  My daughter is in college and riding for the team this year and I also suffer from "sticker shock" while looking for show clothing.  I would like to tag along with your post to learn about patterns , materials, and all the bling.  I have 5 different sewing machines but not a clue as to which one to use, needle size, thread, stitches or anything else.  My daughter said I should go into the business and I think she may be right.  If I can get the hang of making these shirts and jackets there's a lot of request for them.  I'd appreciate any help I can get.



    13. cowgirl24 | | #35

      Show clothing sewing info

      I just stumbled across this post and would love some sewing tips!  I have made quite a few rail shirts and one slinky for my daughter.  She has been showing for 8 years.  She started in 4-H and I could not afford the retail show shirts.  Some came out nicely, others....eeeehh.  The last one I made is on my blog and it turned out well.  Now I am ready to tackle a showmanship outfit, I am nervous about the fabric, interfacing and scroll work.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated.  She really needs a new outfit as she's had the same one for about 6 years (bought second hand, but nice).  She lost her showing mare in Oct. and now is iffy about showing our gelding (not as push button as our mare was) and she is still hurting over the loss.  I think if I can make her a nice showmanship outfit, it may help ease her back into showing.  Thanks for any tips you are willing to share.  Oh!  Here's some pics of the rail shirt..

      1. cowgirl24 | | #36
    14. celewis | | #41

      New to applique

      I hope you are still keeping up with the post. I am new to this website but so excited to find it. I have been sewing my daughter's show clothes (vests, rail shirts, and chaps) for a little over a year now. I am ready to try a few new things and have a few questions about applique on 4 way stretch lycra. Ok...a lot of questions. Can I applique a non-stretch fabric on a stretchy fabric? what is the best process to use if it is possible. Any help and info you send would be much apprieciated!



    15. Merlinmagic | | #42

      your wealth of information has been what I've been searching for


      I have looked all my life for you!! While I am not at all interested in sewing to sell, I would really like to know how to sew the really nice show tops for myself and my daughter. I have sewn for 30+ years so I am not new to sewing. I do lack in the creative imagination and I feel that my clothes are very medeocre and look home made. I would greatly appreciate any advice you might have. I too have many suitability patterns. I have the hotfix stones that are OK and I scour the internet and collect (for lack of a better word) fabric and just don't start sewing because I don't know how to make it look fabulous. I honestly can not pay more for a top than my horse cost....Please Please help! I do not know how this forum works so I hope I receive your reply.

      Thank You


    16. RobbinE | | #43

      want your knowledge

      i have sewn 2 show shirts. the 1st better than the 2nd.  i've bought books i would love to know all of your tips also.

    17. Seba1964 | | #48

      Western Show Clothing

      Hello Brynn714, I am very late in joining this group, and just saw your message.  I would appreciate help in the sewing medium you used.  If you have any products left that you would like to sell, I sure would like to see a list of them.  I  am very interesting in the patterns you used.

      I don't know if this is an appropriate message on this Board.  I am new to chat groups, other than FaceBook...

    18. 4Victorya | | #49

      DIY Western Pleasure Show Shirts

      I understand the posting is 2 years old but my daughter is just now showing and I think I could make her show shirst.  We live in a small area and there is only one western store so she makes a killing on her shirts.   If you are still willing to pass along your "wealth of info" I would love some advice. 



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        ShowClothes | | #58

        DIY western show shirts

        I did not know this forum still existed.  Please fee free to contact me regarding sewing our own show cltohing.  I teach sewing equestrain wear show  clothing.  I also have produced three instructional DVDS - shirt, chaps, Applique/Rhinestone Techniques, plus several books.  

        Contact me on Face Book:  Pegg Johnson or Show Clothes Unlimited

        website:  www.showclothesunlimited.com

        email: [email protected]

    19. aquamomma | | #50

      Just found your note on this site

      I am sewing for my daughter and her friends who show Arabian horses.  Much like the quarterhorse world.... there is more money out there than I can fatham ever blowing on an outfit.  I would love some pointers on applique and how to make the scrolls even!  My biggest pet peeve is to see items that folks paid thousands of dollars for with shoty uneven workmanship.  I'd love to know from a pro how to make those lines perfect.  Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.


    20. all4him4evermore | | #55

      Hey aquamomma! I could use your expertise!!!!

      I'm totally new to making my own barrel racing show shirts, I'm big into barrel racing but them shirts are so darn expensive! Could you help me?! You sound phenominal at making these shirts! What material, how many yards, where do you get your gems, what kind of thread...I need to know!!! I'm mostly a size small, could you get ahold of me and enlighten me please? I'd be eternally greatful!!!!

    21. aamamma | | #61

      western pleasure rail shirt

        Hello,  I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you would mind answering a couple questions.  Much to my delight , my daughter is following in my footsteps and decided to get into showing.  However, after I picked myself up off the floor after looking at a price tag for a rail shirt, I've decided that I'm going to need to try my hand at making one instead.  I'm a quilter.  I've done a couple small clothing projects, but nothing fancy.  I did order some spandex material, but I don't know what kind of interfacing or which material to use for the collar and French cuffs.

      1. pennywiggle | | #64

        I could have written this word for word bar the fact that my daughter isn't following my foot steps, I can't even ride a horse!

        I too have ordered some 4 way stretch lycra but I am at a loss as to where to get the right/best/easiest rail shirt pattern and I am really hoping something pops up in here! Have you managed to find a pattern yet?

        If anyone is still following on in here, a link to a reliable rail shirt pattern would be greatly appreciated!

    22. Keli02 | | #62

      Western Show Jackets

      Hi Brynn,

      I saw a post where you offered help in making western show clothes. I saw the question, but I can't see any of the information you shared. I would love to read what you have written so far! How do I see your posts about making the jackets? Any hel would be greatly apreciated!

    23. frostbitfarms | | #63

      showmanship patterns

      Hello, I just read your post in this forum and seen that you know a good place to get a pattern for a showmanship outfit.  I am trying to start collecting up the materials I need for my first attempt at making my daughter a showmanship outfit and I am really lost and unsure as to where to start.  If you could please point me in the right direction to find a good pattern to start with I would very very much so appreciate it.

    24. cjrouse86 | | #65

      would like you to contact me

      brynn, i would love to know your secrets. please e-mail me [email protected]


    25. [email protected] | | #66

      Western Bling Show Tops

      I also would like your help in making western bling show shirts.  I'm not a good sewing but whiling to learn.  The cost of the ones made are just too expensive, & won't meet my budget.

      All the help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.


    26. ma425 | | #67

      vest patterns

      I have an 11 yr old granddaughter that is now showing.  I am trouble finding ding patterns that are small enough for her.  Can you help me with this?

    27. Jewl0404 | | #68

      Is there anyway you could help me with all the info you have?

    28. jchamon | | #69

      Help western rail shirts

      Hi.  I would love any help that you would be able to give me on how to begin to make western rail shirts with lots of bling. If you have great patterns available or info on where to get them would be much appreciated   Thank you

    29. KTBean | | #70

      Info on horseback riding costumes

      I have a friend whose 6 year old daughter is in horseback riding competitions and I have a 10 year old granddaughter who is just getting started.  I am trying to find patterns and information on costumes so that I can help them out by making some of the clothes.  I just saw your post and would love you get any information you have on patterns and/or fabrics.  I've been sewing for 40+ years but am new to the horseback riding costumes, so would appreciate any help you could provide.

    30. DeniseM52 | | #71

      Horse Show Clothing

      I just found your post and was so excited about your willingess to share your expertise in creating show clothing. I just bought a Suitability #3409 ...Womens and girls Stretch Show Shirts Pattern and need to get busy fitting the pattern so I can cut out the material I bought for it.

      I am not sure what to ask you but is there a secret in appliques that you happen to use. I read that Sari Material is a good idea to cut designs from and add bling to.

      What type of material have you made show chaps with? I am thinking Ultra- Suede....something I can sew on my Husquvarna Viking Lily.

      Thanks much for whatever you can share and if you have items to sell.

  2. horsesewin | | #16

    western rail shirt

    I started making show shirts, but am having difficulty finding good sources for wholesale fabric for the shirts. Anybody know of any? Thanks for your help!

    1. HelgaPataki | | #18

      horsesewin's picture western rail shirt

      Are you sewing specifically for fashion wear?

      1. gacres | | #19

        show shirts

        I am not sewing for fashion! I am making shirts for local 4h programs. we are hopiong to sell some of the shirts for enough money to lease horses and barn space.

        Do you know where to get quailty fabrics?

        1. HelgaPataki | | #20

          Not novelty fabric but 100% cotton fabric?

          Farmhouse Fabrics, LLC carries a wide variety and weights of cotton fabrics.  They are beautiful fabrics and I've purchases and I am their returning customer.  You could try this site, but the colors are geared more towards feminine pastels.  I can't think of another site tht carries cotton. Emma One Sock carries beautiful fabrics, but they seem to be more towards women's wear.  I've managed to purchase fabric from Emma One Sock for my husband's hoodies, fabrics from Hugo Boss.  Emma One Sock's fabrics are not in bulk and have limited quantities.  Denver Fabrics carry a wide variety of fabrics, but I am not always clear on what I will receive, and I have been surprised.  Fabric.com has very bad spelling and it is hard to locate anything specifically and I am sometimes disappointed with their results.  Their soft cottons have arrived to me feeling rougher than expected, as an example.  If you provide more specifics about the weight and fiber type, I could think deeper for you.  I hope I've been helpful. 

        2. patternfreak | | #26

          Show Shirts

          Try Spandexhouse.com in New York City. I ordered from them last year and got good quality fabrics. They have a large selection, too. Have you tried Vogue Fabrics or Fashion Fabrics Club? I haven't ordered from them. but they have beautiful fabrics.

  3. woodywoodpecker598 | | #22

    rail shirts

    How have you been making out with these shirts? Don't know if I have any real help for you but I am going to give these shirts a shot as well. Have been looking at the shirts on line, there are some pretty fancy ones out there(not to mention the price factor). Think I have a pretty good idea for they are put together. ( I do sew.) The patterns I have are suitability as well. Did sew a jacket to see how they go together, found it pretty easy.The collar on it was just a little stand up one and the material was upholestry material so used a really light interfacing so can't really help you there. Now to get the patterns to fit the actual body which is another story with me. A couple of things I haven't tried yet are the high collar and the (removable?) french cuffs. Plan on doing some trial sewing on these as I don't have a clue on the height of the collar and how stiff it should be ect. I'm guessing the cuffs are attatched with velcro if they are removable, but don't understand the advantage to having them removable unless it is just for cleaning purposes???

    As for appliques, I think if you trace/draw a design that you are happy with is likely the way to go. It seems that the edges of them are covered with a strip of bling to hide the seam line. You likely could use the clear thread to see that on with, or that is my idea for now anyway. I remember reading "if you can't see the mistake/seam from the back of a galloping horse at 20 paces, not to sweat the small stuff".

    Michael's had a sale (they always have sales)  got a bunch of bling from there but haven't used them yet. Want to do a trial run first for fit.

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    agapantha | | #32

    Thanks for resurrecting this page. Living in the heart of rodeo country (Wyoming)  I've been considering turning my skllls to making western clothes.  Would dearly love some conversation of the business end of sewing for cowboys, rodeo queens, and horse folk in general.  We have a AQHA sorrel mare, a bay paint gelding, and a sorrel Arab gelding.  My daughter goes to a lot of trouble making sure her colors look good with the horse's color when she shows.

  5. user-1120328 | | #34

    Western pleasure shirts

    Hi:  I just saw your post from last year.  I show on the quarter horse circuit, have been making some shirts and chaps.  Do you have any secrets or tips for cutting the appliqué from lambskin so it's exact and the lines are crisp looking each time? I have learned to hold my scissors at an angle when cutting so the edge looks nicer.  Also using an Exacto knife with tight turns. Unfortunately I  can't afford the die cutters the big boys use.  Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,  Nancy

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      ShowClothes | | #39

      sewing show clothing - appliques

      Nancy - please feel free to contact me.  I still cut my applique by hand.  Make sure that your scissors are extra sharp.  I have a tendency to use smaller scissors and I've even used toe nail scissors for the extremely tight places.  Just be aware that leather dulls scissors very quickly and that could be a part of your problem. - Pegg - Show Clothes Unlimited

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    ShowClothes | | #37

    show clothing fabric


    If you have not found a good source for show shirt fabrics, please contact me through my website - http://www.showclothesunlimited.com

    I have fabrics, patterns, rhinestones and much more for the show clothing enthusiast.  My DVDs are designed for the beginner or home seamstress.

    Please let me know how I can help (even though is an older post)

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    ShowClothes | | #38

    Sewing Show Clothing

    Hello everyone.  Like you, I just stumbled across this forum.  I teach sewing show clothing.  I also have three books and two DVDs on how to sew show clothing. I also sell both SuitAbility and Jean Hardy equestrian wear patterns, fabric, rhinestones, ultra suede and much more.   I am interested in working with anyone who needs sewing assistance.  Please check out my website http://www.showclothesunlimited.com

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    ShowClothes | | #40

    Sewing show clothing - rail shirts

    To everyone on here - please feel free to contact me about sewing your show shirts.  I do custom show clothing as well as sell the fabric, patterns, rhinestones, ultra suede and more for the equestrian seamstress.  I teach sewing classes and have three booksa nd two instructional DVDs available. - Pegg - Show Clothes Unlimited - http://www.showclothesunlimited.com

  9. Susan Anastasio | | #44

    western shirt patterns

    What would you recommend for show shirts.  I have srveral patterns I used 40 years ago.  Any new ideas would be greasiously accepted.

  10. Susan Anastasio | | #45

    western shirt patterns

    What would you recommend for show shirts.  I have srveral patterns I used 40 years ago.  Any new ideas would be greasiously accepted.

  11. woodywoodpecker598 | | #46

    rail shirts

    I'm surprized that there isn't more action on this topic as there are alot of western riders out there and the shirts ect are so pricey.

    I think I'm just going to jump in and try to figure it out as I go.

  12. kat18400 | | #47

    Western Show Clothing


     I found your post on Threads today and I see it was almost two years ago, but hoped you would still get this. 

     I started a small show clothing business last year and  would love to hear anything and everything you could share with me.   I have learned all my lessons so far from  mistakes or poor planning.  

     My email address is [email protected]  and my show clothing FB page is Kara Michelle Custom Show Clothes. 

    Any hints, advice, you could give me would be greatly appreciated. 

    Thank you


    1. cowgirl24 | | #52

      Rail Shirt

      I just posted a tutorial on my blog for sewing rail shirts.  It is part I which includes fabric choice, cutting out, ironing on interfacing, basically everything you need to do right before youn begin sewing.  I will post part II soon.  I hope this might help you. 


    2. [email protected] | | #53

      Western Show Clothing

      Hi Kathy, I just had a look at your FB page. Your styles are pretty amazing! I think we should be asking you for hints and advice. I am just starting to make some jackets of my own, fortunately I have a super seamstress as I cannot sew very well at all, but am teaching myself about embellishing the jackets as well as teaching myself how to airbrush the clothing which is heaps of fun.


      New Zealand

  13. cowgirl24 | | #51

    Sewing a rail shirt tutorial Part I

    I have added a tutorial for sewing a rail shirt to my blog.  This is part I which includes fabric choice, cutting out and adding the interfacing.  Basically everything is done so that you can get ready to sew.    I saw how many people looked at my post on my blog about the  Western Show Shirt that I sewed for my dd.  I hope this partial tutorial helps and I will get on the sewing tutorial as soon as I can.


  14. WesternPleasureQuesters | | #54


    I just need to know if polyester will work?  What material does Lisa Nelle use?  That's what I want to use! :)  Thanks!

  15. kheydt | | #56

    I need help!!!

    I really want to find out how to get started in making show clothes.  I would love info on fabrics...beads....patterns etc.  Thank you!  Kathie

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      ShowClothes | | #57

      I need help - western show shirts

      I had no idea this forum still existed.  Please feel free to contact me regarding creating your own show clothing.  I teach equestrian wear sewing classes plus have produced three instructional DVDs and several books for the home sewists.

      Contact me on Face Book - Pegg Johnson or Show Clothes Unlimited


  16. Rwalkowe | | #59

    Western show shirts

    I was reading your post and would love to talk with you. I am interested in sewing show clothes with leather appliqués and have a lot of questions. 


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